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4 years ago

Google pushing a bugfix for Android 4.4 KitKat [KRT16S], new factory images available for Nexus devices

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Word has come down from the Android-Build group that new source code for Android 4.4 KitKat is on the way, containing a number of bugfixes.

This new build KRT16S. (The original pushed out was KRT16O).

In addition, new factory images — including binaries — are available for the Nexus 4, Nexus 7s and Nexus 10.

No word yet on exactly what's changed, though we did discover a pretty significant audio bug in the Nexus 5. However, the N5 isn't mentioned with this update.

This could, however, help explain the sluggish push of over-the-air updates for the Nexus devices. 

Update: We've got a couple OTA links for those who aren't seeing any OTA and want to do some sideloading:

Source: Android-Build group

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4 years ago

Twitter adding search improvements and filters in latest update

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Filter results by category, media type and specific people

The latest version of Twitter is focused on helping you find information that matters with refinements to search. Now when opening up a search box and typing in a name, topic or hashtag you'll be given the option to view both "Top Tweets" and "All Tweets." You can also tap the settings-like button next to the search box to refine your search results to show just photos, videos, news and specific sets of people.

Search has always been an area that Twitter has needed work on, considering the crazy amount of data it needs to get through to get relevant information to you with just a keyword search. It looks like the latest version is moving towards making Twitter searches a bit more useful.

The new search features are already available in the latest Twitter Beta release, and are making their way to the wider masses through Google Play "soon" according to Twitter's blog post. You can check for the latest version at the Play Store link above.

Source: Twitter Blog

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4 years ago

Verizon's HTC One has a system update today, too

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Small update to software version 1.10.605.10 has an equally small change log

Today is update day it seems, and we would be remiss if we didn't also mention today's 34MB firmware OTA update for Verizon's HTC One. You should be able to check for and initiate the OTA process through the settings on your phone, and after things get finished and you reboot fully you'll be on software version 1.10.605.10.

What's new you ask? We're glad you did. Your new update has enabled ISIS Mobile Wallet support

Huzzah!

Discuss in the HTC One forums.

Source: Verizon. Via: Android Central forums

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4 years ago

Get Android Central stories in Google Glass with IFTTT!

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OK, Glassholes. (That should really be a trigger phrase, right?) Along with all the new Glassware announced today comes support for IFTTT. And that means we can quick-and-dirty just about anything we want directly into Google Glass. And that means we now have Android Central stories shooting straight into Google Glass!

All you need is an IFTTT account and this recipe. That'll get you links to our stories, right before your eyes. 

Enjoy! (And be sure to check out all the other fun ways to follow Android Central!)

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4 years ago

T-Mobile Galaxy S3 getting Android 4.3 update today

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486MB update brings Android 4.3 and Galaxy Gear support to original T-Mobile Galaxy S3

The Android 4.3 update may be up in the air for some models, but users with the original (T999) Samsung Galaxy S3 from T-Mobile have the new firmware ready for installation OTA or via Samsung Kies.

Right off the bat — this is for the older version that isn't LTE capable. T-Mobile has no word on when to expect any updates for the LTE version. We think this means something, but we're not going to guess what. Here's your quick and dirty change log:

Version:

  • Android version 4.3/Software version T999TUVUEMJC
  • Approved 11/19/2013
  • OTA manual pull down and Samsung Kies update available

New Features:

  • KNOX
  • Samsung Galaxy Gear support

Prerequisites

  • T999UVDMD5
  • Device software is not rooted
  • 50% battery life
  • Latest version of Kies software downloaded on PC or MAC
  • Data connection
  • File size of update is 486 MB

Check your device settings, or plug into Kies if you're daring, and give it a click!

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4 years ago

Dropbox updated with new notifications feed, sharing and payment options

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Dropbox adds useful additions to software everyone already loves

The Dropbox app has received a healthy little update this afternoon, adding a trio of small, but useful, features to everyone's (well, most everyone — you know who you are) favorite cloud storage service. A look at the change log is in order, and they were kind enough to include one.

  • New notifications feed for quick access to recent activity
  • Send photos and videos to contacts (adds contacts permission)
  • New payment options for Pro (adds camera permission)

You've still got that horrible iOS-styled icon that everyone seems to hate, but you also still have everything else you liked about Dropbox. After fiddling for a few minutes, the notifications feed gets 5-stars, the sharing of pictures to contacts gets 4-stars, and credit card scanning to pay for Dropbox Pro gets the highest marks i can give. Make it easy for people to pay for your services, and more people will pay for them.

You probably have the update waiting in your notification bar, as there is no trollout at play this time — everyone can has Dropbox today. If not, click the link up yonder to get hooked up.

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4 years ago

Nexus 5 and Nexus 7 now on sale in Hong Kong and India from Google Play [update]

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Nexus 5 now available in 12 countries direct from Google

Update: We now have an official price for the Nexus 5 in India, INR 28,999 (16GB) and INR 32,999 (32GB), and also have a better timeframe for the Nexus 5 launch in Saudi Arabia — LG is saying "early December" at this point, with pricing to be announced at launch.

Original story: Along with a whole boat load of accessories, Google is expanding the availability of the Nexus 5 and Nexus 7 in Google Play. Starting today, you can pick up Google's latest tablet and phone in both Hong Kong and India directly, building on the current availability in the U.S., U.K., Canada, Australia, France, Germany, Spain, Italy, Japan and Korea.

If you've been waiting to get your hands on the latest in Nexus devices and wanted to get them directly from Google in one of the new countries, now is the time to do so. Hit the Play Store link above for the Nexus 5, or click right here for the Nexus 7.

Source: +Nexus; More: AndroidOS.in; @LGMobileSaudi

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4 years ago

Nexus 5 QuickCover, Bumper Cases and Wireless Charger now in stock!

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Google now has the three main Nexus 5 accessories in stock — that includes the bumper cases, QuickCover and wireless charger — available for purchase.

First, the links:

  • Nexus 5 Quick Cover (white or black) for $49.99
  • Nexus 5 Bumper Case (yellow or red) $34.99
  • Nexus Wireless Charger (Works with Nexus 4, Nexus 5 and Nexus 7) for $49.99 — U.S. and Canada only, apparently.

We've yet to get a good look at the QuickCover or Wireless Charger, but be sure to swing by our full look at the Bumper Case

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4 years ago

Uber adds PayPal payment processing, offering discount until Nov. 28

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Receive $15 off your first ride when paying with PayPal

Black car and taxi service Uber has just updated its app to now accept PayPal in addition to Google Wallet. The PayPal payment option is available in France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, and the U.S. at the moment, and gives you yet another way to pay for your car rides alongside Google Wallet and a traditional credit or debit card.

To encourage you to connect your PayPal account, Uber is also offering a one-time $15 discount on your first ride when paying with PayPal before November 28th — not a bad deal. You can download the latest version of the Uber app at the Play Store link above, and connect your PayPal account under "Payment" in the settings.

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4 years ago

Humble Mobile Bundle 3 is Android-only, offering 6 games for your charitable donation

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More games to come next week for those who donate over the average

The third iteration of the Humble Mobile Bundle is now available and accepting donations for a group of six Android-only games. As is the case each time, the donation model lets you pay what you want for the games below, with some of the proceeds going to developers and the rest going to a pair of great charities.

  • EPOCH
  • rymdkapsel
  • SpellTower
  • Swordigo (new to Android)

In addition to the above four games, if you donate over the average (currently just $4.58) you'll also receive two more games. You'll also have access to any additional games that are added to the Mobile Bundle 3 next week, as is often the case.

  • Ridiculous Fishing (new to Android)
  • Kingdom Rush

Head to the source link below and donate what you feel is appropriate to receive four or six great Android games.

Source: Humble Bundle

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4 years ago

Samsung Galaxy NX now available in the US

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$1,699 will score you the Galaxy NX body and an 18-55 F/3.5-5.6 lens — and Jelly Bean

Originally expected in October, the Samsung Galaxy NX is available today for folks in the US, provided you want to pay $1,700 for it all. Sporting a quad-core processor, 2GB of RAM, and Android Jelly Bean under the hood, the camera should do anything Android-related you want it to do. The other specs sound equally as capable — APS-C sensor, 1/6000 shutter speed, and ISO settings as high as 25,600 mean that you'll be able to get some very nice pictures out of this one.

But for $1,700 you had better get great pictures.

We're not sure if the addition of Android justifies the $1,000 premium over other great APS-C mirrorless cameras, and just don't see this one gaining any traction. This price-point is more suited to full-frame cameras, rather than an entry-level "prosumer" (I hate that term) model. 

Alex had a chance to look over the NX this past June in London, and I've had a chance to see one briefly at a Samsung store here in the states. It's a nice camera for people who want more than an average point and shoot, and the few shots I was able to take and view did look nice. If you're really into photography and Android, you might appreciate the mating thing done here. Anyone interested should visit the source link for ordering information.

Source: Samsung

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4 years ago

Google gives an early look at the Glass Development Kit, shows off new apps

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Developers will have deeper access to Glass hardware, offline services and new app components

Google is taking a big step towards increasing third-party app development for Google Glass with a sneak peek at the upcoming Glass Development Kit, or GDK. Developers wanting to make apps and services for Glass currently have to work with a limited Mirror API, but the GDK is going to take things to the next level. In a brief video that's just over a half hour, Googler Timothy Jordan gives an overview of what's to come with the GDK in the near future.

The three big features on display here are offline apps, real time services and deeper access to the Glass hardware for developers. Once the GDK is available, developers will have more freedom to bring up cards in the "live" area of Glass (currently reserved for Google Now-type cards), have "immersive" apps that make use of all gestures normally reserved for system-level tasks and have their apps launched from the regular "OK Glass" voice command.

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4 years ago

Poetic Slimline case for the Kindle Fire HDX 7

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Affordable protection for your new Kindle

Amazon has their new Kindle Fire HDX tablets ready to roll out for this holiday season, and if you're buying one for yourself or a loved one, you'll probably want some sort of case to protect that big sheet of glass and keep that soft touch back from getting all grimy. And that something needs to be well built, look good, and from a name you know. 

That's where the Poetic Slimline case comes in. It will protect your Kindle Fire HDX 7 well, has that look and feel you want without the big price that Amazon has listed for the Origami cover accessory. And Poetic is a name plenty of us know.

Hit the break and see if the budget-friendly model will suit your needs.

(Note: This accessory is for the newer, 2013 Kindle Fire HDX 7 — not the older, 2012 Kindle Fire HD 7.)

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4 years ago

Motorola adds six more phones to Android 4.4 update list

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List gives no indication of when updates will actually begin rolling out

Motorola was quick to refresh its software support page to indicate which devices are set to receive Android 4.4, and it has just updated the page again with six more devices. Verizon and Motorola's 2012 Droid lineup are the big new additions, including the Droid RAZR M (branded and Dev Edition), RAZR HD and RAZR MAXX HD.

Interestingly, Motorola's support page is also now indicating that AT&T's Atrix HD will also be updated to Android 4.4, along with the U.S. Cellular Electrify M. They join the ranks of the Droid RAZR HD Developer Edition, the full lineup of 2013 Droid phones and of course Moto X variants on the Android 4.4 update path.

As is typical with these changes to the software support page, there's no indication as to when the updates will be making their way out, but simply knowing that as of now Motorola plans to update the devices is good. Naturally we'll have a better indication of when the device will receive the updates officially as the process moves along.

Source: Motorola; Thanks, Ryan!

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4 years ago

T-Mobile Xperia Z receives Android 4.2.2 update

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Lock screen widgets and UI tweaks come five months after other models

Coming up on five months after over versions of the model received an update, the Sony Xperia Z on T-Mobile is getting the bump to Android 4.2.2 starting today. The software version 10.3.1.E.0.191 (coming in at 185MB) is rolling out to users over the air now, and it brings all of the same features as we saw on the Xperia Z, ZL and ZR several months ago.

That means you'll now have lock screen widgets, camera access from the lock screen, an overall facelift of the launcher and a few different styling changes through the settings and multitasking menu. You'll also have a new way to customize quick setting toggles in the notification shade, and a few other tweaks and improvements.

If you have an Xperia Z on T-Mobile you can check for the OTA now, or hook up to your computer and download the update manually via Sony's PC Companion (or Sony Bridge For Mac) software.

More: Sony Xperia Z Forums

Source: T-Mobile

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